Fourth of July in South Florida: Where to Eat and Drink in Broward and Palm Beach

Ahh. Fourth of July. It may be America's birthday, but it is also the perfect excuse to pig out on barbecue and drink tons of beer. Whether you're looking to chill out in a restaurant or bar, entertain the little ones, or head to the beach, we have an event for you.

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way in Hollywood. Call 954-585-5112, or visit
The casino is featuring a night of food trucks, music, fireworks, and, of course, multiple bars. From 6 to 10 p.m., the Seminole Paradise Valet Lot (next to Hooters) is shutting down and bringing in Miami Food Trucks, the Portable Party Unit bar with HDTV's, the Cigar Lounge, and the Budweiser Beer Truck. Zip-lining and rock climbing walls, fortune tellers, stilt walkers, face painters, henna tattoo artists, and live music will provide the entertainment. Julia Dale, the 12-year-old South Florida resident, made famous for her performance at the NBA Championship will sing the National Anthem, which will precede the musically synchronized fireworks display at 9 p.m. The event is free.

Fourth on Flagler, 101 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Call 561-822-1515, or visit
On the waterfront in West Palm Beach, this free event is expecting to see more than 100,000 people. Slated to be the largest fireworks display in South Florida, the festivities will celebrate 25 years of Fourth of Julys in the same location. National recording artists and American Music Awards 'Hot New Artist' of 2011, Hot Chelle Rae will be performing before the 16-minute firework display. For those looking to get your holiday drink on, there will be an '80's themed, 21 and up private party in the Lake Pavilion with full bar, refreshments, and air-conditioned views of the fireworks. Festivities start at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Fourth on Flagler is a free event. Tickets to the pavilion are $25 per person. To purchase tickets visit

Pistache French Bistro, 101 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-5090, or visit
Generally, you wouldn't think of a French restaurant as the ideal place to celebrate an American holiday, but as part of its 'Tour du Monde' series of events, the spot is hosting a Fourth of July bash. To ring in the celebration, Pistache will be serving up some American barbecue to the backdrop of West Palm Beach's massive fireworks presentation.

Delray Beach, A1A and Atlantic Ave. in Delray. Call 561-279-1380, or visit
It shouldn't come as a surprise that South Florida's foodie city will be offering tons of treats at its Independence Day celebration. The holiday party begins at 8 a.m. with 3D artists and DIY chalk art for children, live music, a flag ceremony (at 2:30 p.m.), and plenty of other activities to keep you and the kids from getting bored. Food and drink vendors will be set up all throughout the area. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m., over the ocean, just a few blocks south of Atlantic Ave.

Location Info


Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Broadwalk and Johnson St., Hollywood, FL

Category: General

Dada Restaurant & Lounge

52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Flamingo Gardens

3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, FL

Category: General

Muddy Waters

2237 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Music

Deerfield Beach

Northeast Second Street and Northeast 21st Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: General

Pistache French Bistro

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Waterfront Pavilion

Flagler Boulevard and Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL

Category: General

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL

Category: General

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I'm surprised there is no best of place to watch fireworks.  One year, there was a post somewhere saying that Gulfstream had spent the most in fireworks that year and promised the most spectacular show.  I want to know, who spent the most (although if the fireworks are all used in the beginning or are giant smoke cloud in the end, most money isn't always best) and where is the best vantage point.  If someone spends the most but the area is all lit up or the display is far away, it's not the best vantage point.  I went to one mediocre show, and I just wish that there were articles each year on this!!!

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